Music Fans Can Get A Look At Historic All-Star Effort
One of my favorite songs of all time is "Do They Know It's Christmas" by Band Aid, a group of all-star musicians who got together to raise funds for African famine relief. I smile every time I play it or hear it on WOBM, not only because of the charitable nature of the record, but because it features many of the artists I loved back in the 80s.
It was a huge undertaking getting popular singers to leave their egos at the door and work together on that one day in 1984. Sir Bob Geldof of The Boomtown Rats together with Midge Ure of Ultravox can be seen producing the track on a great behind the scenes video. If you search YouTube for "making of Band Aid" you can watch a 29 minute video which shows the pop stars in studio at the microphone with headphones on. Some, like Boy George, sing solo; others, like Bono, Sting and Simon LeBon share a mic in the same session. I still have the VHS tape of this documentary and my holiday tradition is to watch it every year. I hope you enjoy it!
News this week from Geldof is that he's donating the Band Aid archives to the National Library of Ireland. The letters, artwork, and music recordings need to be catalogued and preserved but some day they will be on exhibit. It's an exhibit I'd love to see some day!
Do you enjoy that song "Do They Know It's Christmas"? Would you be interested in seeing some memorabilia from the big recording session?